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A lifelong Velominatus, the history and culture within cycling fascinates Frank and, if given even the vaguest of excuses, will discuss it to exhuastion. A devoted cycling aesthete, the only thing more important to him than riding a bike well is looking good doing it. Frank is co-author along with the other Keepers of the popular book, The Rules, The Way of the Cycling Disciple and also writes a monthly column for the magazine, Cyclist. Email him directly at rouleur at velominati dot com.

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There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

@frank's posts:

  1. @DeKerr I’m sorry, I believe you’re speaking Canadian, not English. Please try again, I haven’t the foggiest fucking clue what you just said. @the-farmer Haven’t watched it, but the piss puddle sitting sounds compelling. »

  2. @gmk69 I have to say, the best cold/wet jersey available is the Gabba jersey by Castelli. Unreal. Pair that up to wool knee/arm/leg warmers and you are good to go in the worst of weather. Wool, by the way, retains most of its insulative properties when… »

  3. @Teocalli This is why I normally just go for windproof and forget about waterproof. I’m getting wet either way, what I want is the wind off my chest when its wet and cold. @Ron The best part about being a skinny Cyclist is we’re ask thin as the foo… »

  4. @freddy I was brought into that piece by way of Big Head Todd and the Monsters in ’89. Such great writing, and to be in Northern France and Belgium, you feel those spirits still hanging in the air. @Ron Your posts are always so enthusiastic and ADD… »

  5. @VeloVita Krabbe is a genius, and is obviously also right about speaking more to the nature and therefor being more true. I might also point out that he’s Dutch. »

  6. @wiscot I don’t know who those guys are, but Merckx, RdV, and Coppi all come to mind as having ridden on too long. Not to mention Pharmstrong, as having quit when he said he would, he’d still be a 7x “winner”. Agree though, Hinault was no COTHO; COTHO»

  7. @wiscot I had the clear version and I agree, they sucked ass. Despite rain coats getting much better, they still suck unless it’s raining hard enough that the animals are starting to line up in pairs. @rfreese888 THIS! »

  8. @Buck Rogers My experience with mountaineering is limited to reading books about it, but I think a lot of the mythology in both sports comes from writing and not having a camera there, because cameras make truth much too obvious, and mythology and lend… »

  9. @Stephen Such a fucking stud, that one. Although the scene where Moser comes blasting by is one of a kind as well. Even though he’s nowhere near a bike, this might be my favorite shot of him. Start ‘em young. »

  10. @Dave R, @PeakInTwoYears Amazing to me the connection between climbing and Cycling; it comes up time and time again. Must expolore this more some time. @PeakInTwoYears Do you have any idea how many times I read that paragraph and never caught that err… »

  11. @gilly Some good points here, and I’m very much on the fence on the whole LeMan/Hinault thing. I certainly think Hinault tasted victory and couldn’t resist having a go, which is really incorrect after making an agreement – particularly when LeMond waite… »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @VeloSix Appart from the iPhone on your handlebars, for sure! »

April 2015 // Lille, France The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride. Continue...

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  1. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do all this with Johan Museeuw, the last Lion of Flanders.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Location
    Gare de Lille Flandres

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  2. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do all this with Johan Museeuw, the last Lion of Flanders.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Location
    Gare de Lille Flandres

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

@frank's posts:

  1. @John Liu You can always get a mullet. »

  2. @rfreese888 I saw that the first time on my birthday in the 80’s or 90’s and I was so totally devastated that Merckx didn’t win. But now I love RdV and I’m devastated fuckn’ Demeyer won. Cheap win, but I never appreciate the value of drafting. @fignon… »

  3. @The Grande Fondue Great reminder of a great article. Still if you look at the drop to the drops from his saddle, that is about the 20cm I have from my saddle to stem so all I’m lower than him is the drop on the bars themselves (rotundos so not lots of… »

  4. @rfreese888 I am pleased to confirm that I have neither the inclination nor the experience to estimate which version of that crap song is the version that “cuts it”. @Dave Or the frequency with which they do it? @antihero Fo sho »

  5. @wilburrox There is so much awesome in this photo, including the bumble bee kit and aero fucking helmet. Those are V-inch cuffs on the socks, I think as well. @DeKerr The fact that cameras even allow this to happen is enough to start imposing trade… »

  6. @Buck Rogers I’m with you. @Marko rides them on the hoods and it fucks with my mind. For me, I have been moving more and more towards riding them in the drops; they flex more and your hands feel better in the long run. »

  7. @Owen I switch between them, no question. But for a combination of power, control, comfort, and speed, there is little that tops the hoods. @Haldy Or this one. This one is more badass than it is demonstrative of my point. And lets not forget … »

  8. @EBruner This to me is a very bad habit; the hoods are too easy to slip off from; the drops are much safer because you’re not just holding on by your thumbs. One of my most strictly-adhered to principles for descending is to do it in the drops; I get w… »

  9. @Ccos Two words: shallow drop bars. Even Rotundos are shallow compared to old school bars. Riding in the drops was a commitment with the drop was halfway down Eddy’s 19cm head tube! »

  10. @John Liu I never thought you’d ask. »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. Ok, its tired but this also doesn’t help the case. »

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